Danny Wilson out to impress at Bristol City after joining on loan from Liverpool
BRISTOL City new-boy Danny Wilson is determined to put himself in the shop window during his time at Ashton Gate.
Starved of opportunity at Premier League Liverpool this season and well down the Anfield pecking order, the Scotland international centre-back yesterday agreed a short-term switch to Ashton Gate just hours before the deadline for loan signings.
Wilson has signed up for City's fight against relegation until January 20 and will go straight into the squad for tomorrow's npower Championship clash against Middlesbrough at the Riverside.
After spending the first three months of the campaign playing in Liverpool's Under-21 side, Wilson is eager to show Reds manager Brendan Rodgers what he can do in competitive senior football.
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The 20-year-old Scot said: "I'm out of contract at the end of the season and this is a very important time for me.
"It is great being at a big club like Liverpool, but there is not much point if you are not getting games.
"It has been frustrating to see so many of the other young players break through and play in the first team under Brendan Rodgers and not to have had the same chance myself.
"There is no shame at being at a big Premier League club and not playing, but I need to get out and play games and prove a point to myself as much as anything."
Wilson travelled down from Liverpool late on Thursday night, held talks with Robins boss Derek McInnes yesterday morning and then trained with his new team-mates for the first time before embarking on the long journey to Middlesbrough.
The former Rangers starlet has previous experience of the English second tier, having spent several months on loan at Blackpool last season.
He said: "The Championship is a very strong league and an ideal proving ground for young players like myself who cannot get games in the Premier League.
"I've come here with my own agenda, which is to play as many games as possible, but I also realise I have a job to do for the team. I sat down and spoke about it with Derek McInnes and I don't see why I cannot do both of those things over the next two months.
"There are some good players here and I don't expect to walk straight into the team, but I want to do all I can to help Bristol City out of their current situation."
Having completed his third short-term signing in a week, manager McInnes said: "We felt that with Greg Cunningham, Lewin Nyatanga and Stephen McManus all out and a lot of games coming up, we felt the need to get another defender in.
"I've known about Danny since his time playing for Rangers. He is highly thought of and there was a big fee on his head when he joined Liverpool. But he has lost his way there for the minute and we felt we could get him going and he could give us something during the short period he will be with us.
"Danny offers us a good proposition in a couple of positions, but is primarily a centre-back."
Although City turned in a vastly-improved display to hold Blackpool to a 1-1 draw last time out, McInnes will be forced to change his starting line-up in the North East tomorrow.
Striker Jon Stead sustained a groin injury in training yesterday and is expected to be sidelined for about three weeks.
Steven Davies, Sam Baldock and Ryan Taylor are pressing for a recall, but McInnes said: "Losing Jon Stead is a blow, because he worked really hard against Blackpool.
"Playing up on his own was a thankless task, but he put in a really good shift for the team."
Left-back Matthew Briggs will return to Fulham when his loan spell expires this weekend. He lost his place to Joe Bryan last Saturday and is expected to be on the bench against Middlesbrough.
Meanwhile, a City source has denied reports emanating from the south coast suggesting Brett Pitman could be sold to Bournemouth for a cut-price £60,000 in January.
Pitman joined the Cherries on loan earlier this week and looks set to agree a long-term contract with the League One club in January.
But City are looking to recoup a large percentage of the £600,000 they paid Bournemouth for the Jerseyman in August 2010. An Ashton Gate source insisted the fee involved would be "considerably more" than £60,000.